Big Business 2016

Day Two – Wednesday 26 April

Day 2 of #SBBE17 starts with a fantastic networking breakfast opportunity in The Guildhall. Then step outside for our amazing Expo marquee showcasing over 90 exhibitors from both the local, regional and national business world, alongside the FSB showcase marquee. Sign up for our brilliant variety of seminars, workshops and enjoy lunch at the Salisbury Chamber 90 minutes lunch event. Finish the evening with a wonderful variety of food and drink at our Big Business Food & Drink Social in association with Salisbury Life!
Full details on our second day can be found below…

The Days Events

  • Networking

    Networking Breakfast
    Hosted by Salisbury City Council, Wiltshire Council and the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership(SWLEP)
    The Guildhall

    7.45 - 9.00am

    FREE tea, coffee and bacon or egg rolls will be available inside the Guildhall. There will be up to 100 businesses attending the Salisbury & Wilts Business Expo on Wednesday 26th April. Join Salisbury City Council, Wiltshire Council and exhibitors for the opening of the Expo.
    Book your FREE place to attend this networking breakfast.

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    If you would like to have a stand at this year’s SBBE Expo please click on the button below for more details about Expo packages.

    Book a Stand

    If you would like to visit the SBBE Expo on Wednesday and/or Thursday, please book for FREE using the button below.

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    Salisbury Chamber Events
    The Guildhall

    Meet the Buyer
    9.30 - 11.30am
    Salisbury and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry can offer this unique opportunity for you to ‘Meet the Buyer’ as part of the SBBE2017 event 26th April in The Guildhall and Market Place.
    This event is set to inspire all types of business from start-ups to international companies. We have put together this exceptional 'Meet the Buyer' event gives you an opportunity to speak to decision makers and pitch for business opportunities that they rarely get the chance to. Spaces will be limited and you need book your slots with some haste. Please select the buyer/ buyers you wish to pitch to by following the link and clicking the ATTEND THIS EVENT button, the Chamber Office will be in touch shortly to confirm your timed slots.

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    Chamber 90 minute Lunch
    Salisbury and District Chamber of Commerece and Industry are delighted to be a part of the SBBE 2017 event by hosting this exceptional 90 minutes networking lunch. Doors will open slightly earlier than usual at midday to allow for an extended period of open networking with the buyers from our "Meet the Buyer" event which is being held earlier in the day and of course with other Members.
    Lunch will be followed by our guest speaker who is Maria Miles - Site Business Operations Manager, Airfield Services NTS at QinetiQ.

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    Meet the Directors
    Salisbury Chamber have put together this exceptional 'Meet the Director' event to give our members an opportunity to speak to our Directors.
    Please select the Director you wish to talk to by clicking the TICKETS button after selecting the "attend this event" link below, the office will be in touch shortly to confirm your timed slots.

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    Young Chamber
    4.30 - 6.00pm
    The Young Chamber’s sixth free networking event, titled ‘Treating the Customer’ for Young Professionals aged 20-35 will take place in the Guildhall Courtroom from 4.30-6pm on Wednesday, April 26.
    Special guest speaker, Richard Knight, will look at the skills and attitude for meeting and learning in a business environment, with a theme of looking after your customer. Richard is the Regional Director of Shopper Anonymous for Dorset, Bath and Wiltshire, the UK’s leading customer feedback organisation, focusing on mystery shopping, team training and mentoring. After Richard’s presentation, at 5pm, we will be running an informal networking and ‘wine down’ session with NJAC cocktails, to put some of Richard’s tips and hints into practice and get to know other young professionals. Anyone who cannot attend at 4.30pm is welcome to join us for cocktail hour!

    This will be followed by the Big Business Event’s Food & Drink Social event from 6pm to 8pm, giving a further chance to network with Salisbury businesses.
    Past events have had a great turnout, and we look forward to seeing you all there again, as well as new faces who are interested in learning more about business and meeting likeminded individuals in a friendly and informal setting.

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  • Seminars

    How to turn your Council into a business
    Andrew Grant, Interviewed by Mike Southon
    The Guildhall


    Join us at 9.30am for FREE tea/coffee and Danishes followed by the How to turn your Council into a business seminar at 10.00am.
    Andrew’s biography:
    Andrew Grant has over 20 years’ experience at Chief Executive level in the public sector Most recently, he has turned Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) from a traditionally-funded local authority into a multi award-winning commercially-focused social enterprise AVDC not only provides services to households (Limecart) and businesses (Incgen), it also helps other local authorities generate revenues and cut costs using leading-edge entrepreneurial tools and techniques.
    Examples of this include:

    • a local lottery, which generated £60K for good causes in its first six months
    • turning the planning function from a £1.5m cost to a £500K profit
    • putting all IT and telephony into The Cloud
    • property development, which is already showing a 12% return on a £100m investment
    What Visitors Can Expect from the Session
    This session would be of particular interest to local authority chief executives, councillors and other senior executives. Andrew Grant and Mike Southon will explain the simple steps any council can make to become more commercial, generate new revenues and become less dependent on grants and other traditional forms of funding. In particular, Andrew and Mike will show how public sector bodies can achieve real culture change, enabling them to face current and future challenges with a confident and motivated workforce.

    Book now to attend this FREE seminar

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    Entrepreneurs, their Personalities and how to build the perfect Dream Team’
    Mike Southon
    The Guildhall


    While it’s great to have a good business idea, it’s up to the entrepreneur to understand their own strengths and weaknesses, as well as build a great team.
    In this session, Mike Southon will show the positive (and negative!) characteristics required for any successful entrepreneur, and explain how to build your Dream Team.
    About Mike
    Mike Southon is a serially successful entrepreneur, best-selling business author and one of the world’s top business keynote speakers on entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship and sales.
    Mike is co-author with Chris West of The Beermat Entrepreneur, The Boardroom Entrepreneur and Sales on a Beermat. He has spoken at over 1,000 live events all over the world and provided face-to-face mentoring to over 1,000 entrepreneurs.

    Book now to attend this FREE seminar

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    Alternative Sources of Finance
    The Guildhall


    What is the best way to finance your business growth? How much do you need to borrow to enable you to make the most of your plans but not strangle your expansion with repayments?
    Join us for a presentation to walk you through the options that may be available to support you.

    Nikky Williams Relationship Manager & Healthcare Specialist at NatWest speaks about traditional bank finance. Nikky has 27 years banking experience. She is a local, qualified banker who has genuine interest in helping the local community.
    NatWest remains committed to supporting the business community, at a local level in the Business Banking community 2016 saw us lending in excess of £33m, our aim in 2017 is to exceed this achievement. We have a competitive range of finance products including fee free options.

    Craig Jackson speaks for Funding Circle - the leading marketplace in peer to peer business finance.
    Funding Circle, established in 2010, allows businesses to access fast finance independent of their banks, whilst allowing investors to earn attractive returns. The worlds largest peer - peer company operating across the UK, US, Germany, Spain & Netherlands.
    To date, more than £1.9 Billion of loans have been lent to over 20,000 small businesses across the UK.

    Colin Goldstein Head of Partnerships at iwoca, the award-winning alternative lender. He is responsible for growing iwoca's loan book through partnerships, and oversees collaborations with the likes of Royal Bank of Scotland, Xero and Alibaba. He is also responsible for sales through commercial finance brokers and accountants. Prior to joining iwoca, Colin was the Commercial & Product Director, at Redbus Media Group, a specialist media owner, where he was responsible for relationships with Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury's. Colin started his career as a strategy consultant at Accenture and has also worked at Littlewoods Gaming and betfair.

    David Gawler, Commercial Manager Laybourne Commercial Finance has experience as a Senior Manager in Business and Commercial Banking responsible for providing financial solutions and advice to a wide variety of businesses over a 37 year career. Working with Laybourne Commercial Finance, a truly independent whole of market broker he is now able to provide a wide range of loans and mortgages to trading businesses, property developers and investors across the whole spectrum of High Street and alternative lenders.

    Book your FREE place to attend these seminars

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    The Guildhall


    NatWest Business Banking are delighted to bring you DI Ed Heath to talk about : ‘Cyber Crime - How can you protect your business from the threat?’

    The South West Regional Cyber Crime Unit, the purpose of which is to investigate all types of cybercrime and to educate people as to how they can protect themselves. The team also aim to learn from each report received and to highlight measures for mitigating the threat from cybercrime.
    This is a fantastic opportunity to learn firsthand about the work they do, what cases they are seeing reported and some simple measures that can be considered to help protect your business and prevent you from becoming a victim to this threat.
    We will give an overview of the capability within the region and national picture, as well as speaking about the 10 steps of Cyber Security.

    Detective Inspector Ed Heath is currently the South West Police Organised Crime lead for Cyber Crime in the South West. Having spent seven years within the Metropolitan Police before transferring to Avon and Somerset Constabulary in 1995, Ed has performed a variety of Detective roles within serious and major crime and counter terrorism. This includes leading homicide investigations and a sensitive Regional Intelligence Unit. Ed has been in his current role for 3 months and leads a team that investigates cyber dependent criminality and promotes messaging designed to protect businesses, emergency services and critical infrastructure from the effects of Cyber Crime.

    Book your FREE place to attend these seminars

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  • Workshops

    Customers: Love them or lose them
    Shopper Anonymous
    The Guildhall

    10.00am and 2.00pm

    No matter what your line of business, the one thing that all organisations have in common is customers. Whether its B2C or B2B the customers experience is the one factor in business that makes the difference between those who survive and those that thrive. It’s time you stepped out of the ‘me’ and ‘them’ mindset and began focusing on how you can show your customers how valuable they really are to you.

    Richard will introduce you to the current facts about customer service in the UK using the data gathered from over 15000 mystery shopping visits just in the last 12 months, across multiple sectors from farm shops to solicitors. This insight is followed by ways in which your business can delight customers, every day, exceeding their expectations and giving you the edge over your competitors.

    Richard has been working with Dorset, Bath and Wiltshire business for the past year, developing people and processes to deliver great customer service. Shopper Anonymous delivers intelligent insight into companies across multiple sectors through mystery shopping, surveys, focus groups, training and mentoring.
    Richard believes that people performance is the key to great customer service and communication. Developing people has been the ‘red line’ throughout Richards career. Having taught in schools as a PE teacher, he then went into the pharmaceutical industry where he sold to the NHS, managed teams and trained sales and marketing functions as a Learning and Development Consultant. Beyond the work environment he enjoys playing and coaching rugby, cycling, skiing and spending time with his family.

    “It only takes one thing to make the biggest difference”

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  • 1-2-1 Clinics

    Blue Frontier offer a full end-to-end digital service, supporting many businesses across the UK and beyond.
    Specialising in Web and Mobile App Development, Web Design, IT Support, Digital Marketing and more, Blue Frontier have a great deal of experience and knowledge that could help take your business to the next level. Take advantage of this opportunity by booking on to one of the 1-2-1 clinics, where Blue Frontier’s specialists will offer you advice based on the most current knowledge.

    IT Advice
    Blue Frontier
    9.30 / 10.00 / 10.30 / 11.00 / 11.30am

    Whatever your technical query may be, Blue Frontier are more than likely to have the answer. These IT Advice 1-2-1 sessions are specially designed to give you the opportunity to solve any technical issues you may be having, or find out how you could optimise your existing IT system.

    Web and Marketing advice
    Blue Frontier
    1.00 / 1.30 / 2.00 / 2.30 / 3.00pm

    Whether you need advice on your website or require support with digital marketing, you will be able to find the answers you’re looking for at a 1-2-1 with Blue Frontier.

    Book your FREE place to attend one of these clinics

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  • FSB

    FSB Business Market
    The Guildhall Square

    10.00am - 3.00pm

    • Stands are available to FSB members free of charge* and non members at £50.
    • The Salisbury Big Business Event is running an Expo plus different seminars, workshops and events taking place throughout Wednesday, so we will benefit from business owners and leaders coming through the marquee.

    For more information and to book Click here.

  • Business Expo

    Salisbury and Wiltshire Business Expo
    Market Place

    9.00am - 4.00pm

    Come and join us for our 2 day Salisbury & Wiltshire Big Business Expo! Our Expo will showcase over 200 exhibitors from 26 – 27 April, sign up now to be part of this fantastic event.

  • Big Food & Drink Social

    In association with Salisbury Life
    The Guildhall

    6.00 - 8.00pm

    Who doesn’t like food & drink? Come and join us for this fabulous new event in the City, showcasing and celebrating the local food and drink on offer across Wiltshire! We have food demos, tasters and samples for you to enjoy at this FREE event open to all!

    Book a stand at the Food & Drink Social.
    Following on from the great success of 2016, SBBE will be hosting another Big Food & Drink Social Event this year.
    We are seeking local food and drink producers, restaurants, cafes and pubs who would like to showcase their products and business to not only the business community but the general public also. Businesses will be encouraged to come and enjoy the evening and network. There will be a heavy emphasis on social media marketing for this element and we will be encouraging the public to also attend.


  • Bluefrontier
  • Salisbury City Council
  • Salisbury BID
  • Wiltshire Council
  • Salisbury & District Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Salisbury Journal
  • FSB
  • Simon Rhodes
  • Swindon Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership